Josh Karp Strikes Out Season-High 10 in 4-2 Win Over Washington
April 13, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Josh Karp struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed just one run in 7.0 innings as UCLA defeated Washington, 4-2, in Pac-10 action this evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bothell, Washington native improves to 4-0 on the season, and the Bruins improve to 23-12 overall, 5-6 in the Pac-10. Washington falls to 19-12, 3-8 in conference.
The Bruins got on the board first, as Josh Canales reached first base after he swung for a pitch in the dirt for strike three and the ball got away far enough for him to make it to first. After stealing second, he advanced to third on a Matt Pearl deep fly ball to center field. Canales scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Baron, as the Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the first.
Karp was masterful in his seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He walked just one batter. A runner reached third base just once in the first five innings, and Karp got two strikeouts and a ground out to end the threat. It was Karp's second straight great performance as he shutout Stanford in 5.0 innings last weekend.
Washington tied the score in the sixth, as Jay Garthwaite doubled and scored on a Tyler Davidson single. However, the Bruins responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs. Canales singled and advanced to third on a throwing error on a pick off attempt by pitcher Jeff Carlsen. Canales scored on a Pearl double, and Pearl would score on a Baron single to give the Bruins a two run lead.
Mike Kunes relieved Karp in the eighth, and after forcing a ground out, allowed a solo home run by Michael Done. However, he came back to strike out the next two batters to keep the Bruins ahead 3-2.
UCLA added an insurance run in the eighth. Baron led off the inning with a single, his third of the day. He advanced to second when Ben Francisco was hit by a pitch, and scored on a Christian Lewis single that bounced over the third baseman's head.
Kevin Jerkens forced three straight fly balls in the ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Carlsen suffered the loss for Washington and drops to 1-2 on the season.
Over three seasons, Karp is an incredible 13-1 in Pac-10 play. That one loss came against the Huskies in 1999, and he has been undefeated in conference play over the last two seasons.
Baron, the nation's leading hitter, bounced back from an 0-for-4 performance on Thursday night to go 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run in the win. He has raised his average back to .504.
UCLA will attempt to win the series on Saturday, as the Bruins will take on the Huskies in game three of the series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Paul Diaz will start for UCLA, while Clay Johnson will be on the mound for Washington.